If Tuggeranong weren’t the benchmark already, they certainly are now as the Bushrangers beat the Queanbeyan Blues 42-8 at Seiffert Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Blues were dealt a blow with the late withdrawal of captain-coach Terry Campese but started the brighter of the two sides as Zac Patch and David Barrie gave Queanbeyan an 8-0 lead.
However, the Bushrangers found their stride after 20 minutes and Michael Brophy crossed from short range before Josh Mitchell gave Tuggeranong a 12-8 lead at halftime as he caught the markers napping.
With the game firmly in the balance at halftime, the Bushrangers lifted a gear as they dominated field position in the second half.
Mitchell scored another try from dummy half in the 49th minute before setting up Brent Neil for his first of the season shortly afterwards.
The tries continued as Mick Picker found himself in space before passing to Nathan Smith on his inside who scored.
With five minutes remaining, Queanbeyan center Tyler Stevens found himself sent to the bin and Tuggeranong winger Livinai Tuicakau capitalised with a double.
Firstly, the winger latched on to a perfectly weighted Blake Murray cross-field kick and then two minutes later, he scored in the opposite corner on the back of some good work from David Faaeteete.
The win sees the Tuggeranong Bushrangers move two points ahead of the second placed West Belconnen Warriors as the Austbrokers Canberra Raiders Cup reaches the halfway point of the season.
Tuggeranong Bushrangers 42 (Tries: J Mitchell 2, L Tuicakau 2, M Brophy, B Neil, N Smith; Goals: J Mitchell 7) d Queanbeyan Blues 8 (Tries: Z Patch, D Barrie)